Detailing High-Performance Facades: Cladding Decisions and Sealant Strategies

Today’s high-performance facade standards require the deft balancing of aesthetics, technical detailing, and the demands of the client and local building regulations. This workshop will discuss both material and technical solutions to meet those standards. Experts will be on hand to lead tutorials on the most recent innovations in rainscreen cladding, sealant solutions, and much more. Attendees will leave with a greater knowledge of material applications at the cutting-edge of energy performance and code compliance, all while learning of attractive solutions for clients and end users.


  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW
  • Provider: Kalwall
  • Presenter: Mike Crowder

Topics discussed include daylighting strategies available through the integration of structural sandwich panels, energy conservation, enhancements, options, form and aesthetics. The many benefits to health, productivity, safety and sustainable design will be discussed, as well as specialty applications including explosion venting, blast resistance, OSHA fall through protection and hurricane resistance.

Learning Objectives
  • Effective and versatile Daylighting strategies and techniques.
  • Special performance options and benefits.
  • Applications for sustainable design.
  • Diffused daylighting for security, health and safety and inviting interior spaces.
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW
  • Provider: Kawneer
  • Presenter: Sneh Kumar

Over the past 120+ years of commercial construction history, there have been numerous changes to building design; construction methods and occupant needs that have impacted  the design of Architectural Aluminum Framing Systems.  Architectural Aluminum Framing started 100+ years back with the introduction of aluminum storefront frames. More recently we have seen a growth in the high-rise construction in most urban areas. This has driven the growth of a newer system called “Window Wall”.  A proper understanding of the benefits and options available with Window Wall will reveal this to be a great solution to your next high-rise and multifamily construction project.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the characteristics and attributes of Window Wall systems; describe similarities and differences between Window Wall and Storefront and Curtain Wall systems
  • Understand the installation and fabrication options available with various Window Wall Systems
  • Identify other Architectural Aluminum Framing Products that can be integrated into Window Wall Systems and how this is accomplished
  • Understand the advantages and benefits of selecting a Window Wall System through a review of Window Wall Case Studies
  • Credit type: .5 AIA HSW
  • Provider: Northern Facades
  • Presenter: Bilal Khan and Joe Baz

Reaching towards Net Zero energy ready buildings is becoming a popular topic in todays climate changing world. Energy efficiency has expanded towards exterior wall assemblies where effects of thermal bridging are considered and thermally broken sub-framing systems are becoming the new norm. This course will identify and compare various cladding attachment methods on the market. Learn how to determine the appropriate clip for your project and how to compare effective thermal resistance required to achieve projects targeted R – Value.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how the use of thermal clips will impact thermal bridging on various exterior wall assembly applications
  • Identify types of clips currently on the market
  • Learn how to calculate the number of clips required on your project by identifying structural forces involved to determine clip spacing
  • Gain insight on how the NFPA 285 fire code applies to thermal clips
  • Credit type: 1 AIA HSW
  • Provider: Reynaers
  • Presenter: Anthony Bartillo

A detailed explanation of the North American Fenestration Standard specification, which explains how and why windows and doors are tested to the AAMA standard and how to use the NAFS document to select and specify products based on required performance requirements.

Learning Objectives
  • What is the NAFS Specification and how can it be used to select and specify the appropriate window and door products, based on application.
  • How and why windows & doors are tested and how this translates into a performance specification that can be used in project development and documents.
  • What is Life Cycle testing, why is it important and how does it ensure long term performance for your specified products.
  • Why is an Architectural Window superior and how can you and your client benefit by specifying this performance level in your project.


Feb 2


10:00am-2:00pm CT




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